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Designing Future Flash Storage Systems for HPC and Beyond

Glenn Lockwood from NERSC gave this talk at the Samsung Forum. “In this talk, we will compare the storage and I/O requirements of large-scale HPC workloads with those of the cloud and show how HPC’s unique requirements have led NERSC to deploy NVMe in the form of burst buffers and all-flash parallel file systems rather than block- and object-based storage. We will then explore how recent technological advances that target enterprise and cloud I/O workloads may also benefit HPC, and we will highlight a few remaining challenge areas in which innovation is required.”

Supermicro steps up with EDSFF All-Flash NVMe Optimized Storage

Today Supermicro launched the industry’s first family of server and storage systems that support EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor) NVMe drives. The latest industry standard NVMe storage is a game changer for the market,” said Jake Roersma, VP of Platform Engineering at Netskope. “A form factor that is optimized for SSD has proven to deliver superior performance while simplifying integration using open standards. Supermicro continues to lead the way by providing the deepest portfolio of NVMe products, best cost, and availability.”

Agenda Posted: Exacomm 2019 Workshop at ISC High Performance

“The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and software/hardware designers from academia, industry and national laboratories who are involved in creating network-based computing solutions for extreme scale architectures. The objectives of this workshop will be to share the experiences of the members of this community and to learn the opportunities and challenges in the design trends for exascale communication architectures.”

Supermicro teams with WekaIO for Deep Learning Performance Density

The BigTwin Server featuring WekaFS offering is a milestone in our relationship with Supermicro,” said Barbara Murphy, Vice President of Marketing at WekaIO. “The solution is already in use by many customers with deep learning applications and exceeding expectations for performance and value. By offering this preconfigured solution with Supermicro, we’ll be able to simplify the customers’ acquisition experience.”

Excelero Powers AI as a Service with Shared NVMe at InstaDeep

“InstaDeep offers a pioneering AI as a Service solution enabling organizations of any size to leverage the benefits of AI and Machine Learning without the time, costs and expertise required to run their own AI stacks. Excelero’s NVMesh, in turn, allows InstaDeep to access the low-latency, high-bandwidth performance that is essential for running customer AI and ML workloads efficiently – and gain the scalability vital to InstaDeep’s own rapid growth.”

‘AI on the Fly’: Moving AI Compute and Storage to the Data Source

The impact of AI is just starting to be realized across a broad spectrum of industries. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development at One Stop Systems (OSS), highlights a new approach — ‘AI on the Fly’ — where specialized high-performance accelerated computing resources for deep learning training move to the field near the data source. Moving AI computation to the data is another important step in realizing the full potential of AI.

Excelero NVMesh comes to Lenovo ThinkSystems

Excelero is bringing its NVMesh software-defined block storage solutions to Lenovo customers and channel partners worldwide. “Already proven in Lenovo deployments at SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputing facility, and at a London-based machine learning firm, Excelero’s NVMesh provides an optimal choice for web-scale deployments and in Big Data uses in concert with Lenovo’s ThinkSystem portfolio.”

Video: How Intel Data-Centric Technologies will power the Frontera Supercomputer at TACC

In this video, researchers from the Texas Advanced Computing Center describe how Intel data-centric technologies power the Frontera supercomputer, which is currently under installation. “This system will provide researchers the groundbreaking computing capabilities needed to grapple with some of science’s largest challenges. Frontera will provide greater processing and memory capacity than TACC has ever had, accelerating existing research and enabling new projects that would not have been possible with previous systems.”

2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

Computer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. This year starting at the high end of the market a transition will begin toward systems based on PCI Express 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/sec in a 16 lane connection. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development for One Stop Systems, explores the expected speed and innovation stemming from the introduction of PCI Express 4.0. 

Mellanox NVMe SNAP Technology to Simplify Composable Storage

Today Mellanox announced NVMe SNAP (Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing), a storage virtualization solution for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. This new SNAP technology allows customers to compose remote server-attached NVMe Flash storage and access it as if it were local, to achieve all the efficiency and management benefits of remote storage, with the simplicity of local storage.